Selfie – a narcissist obsession

We are living in the era of technology and science. The older, middle and newer generations are experiencing an intense evolution of technology. We are surrounded by highly developed gadgets which are constantly making life easier for us. The desire and dependency on gadgets are becoming insatiable and thus, it accounts for the quicker progress of technology. The amelioration of the gadgets leads to the creation of newer and advanced software with higher specifications. Many companies have joined this run to surpass each other, to be on the topmost position. Indeed, this has created huge employment opportunities but it has also fatally paralysed the mankind.

With the inception of mobile phones having high camera specifications and selfie-sticks, everybody has fallen in a trance to capture a self-portrait for the purpose of sharing it on social media. Selfies have become a ubiquitous trend, an obsession. People attempt to take a selfie anywhere and everywhere and occasionally fail to oversee the impending danger of the situation, thereby resulting in fatal accidents. This impulsive volition of taking the ultimate selfies from dangerous places have cost many precious lives. A research published in a famous newspaper in 2015 mentioned ‘More people have died by taking selfies this year than by shark attacks’. Also, innumerable search result pages are available over the internet for the related search.

People are becoming so engrossed with themselves that they fail to connect with their surroundings. The younger generation is gradually ending up in seeking approval from people on social media in the form of likes and comments. But, this is rendering them pregnable to the pernicious influences resulting in physical and mental disorders, depression, low self-esteem, and inappropriate self-awareness at a very tender age. This is alarming and a matter of deep concern. At such a young age, they should love and accept themselves for who they are and not get affected by what others opined.

Everything comes with two sides; so did technology. Now, the flip side can no more be overlooked. With this, the question, ‘Are the advancements in technology really fostering the generations?’, adds another open topic to the never-ending debate.


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